Jun 15, 2001 Regular News Jacksonville’s Milton honored by voluntary bar presidents group Jacksonville’s Milton honored by voluntary bar presidents group The Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents has selected Joseph P. Milton of the Jacksonville Bar Association to receive the Outstanding Past President Award.Joseph MiltonThe statewide award recognizes former voluntary bar association presidents who continue to offer sustained contributions to the legal profession over an extended period of time. Milton will be honored at The Florida Bar’s 52nd Annual Meeting at the Orlando World Center Marriott on Thursday, June 21, 2001, at 7 p.m. and will join attorneys from some 170 voluntary bar associations in Florida who served as presidents of their organizations this past year.“The Florida Bar’s Annual Meeting provides an excellent opportunity for leaders of The Florida Bar, and particularly the Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents, to honor Joe Milton for the tremendous service he has provided, not only to the Jacksonville Bar Association, but also to the state of Florida,” said Council President Donna L. McIntosh. “Milton is active at the national, state and local bar association levels. He provides leadership from his substantive knowledge of the law and extensive service to the profession.”“I was privileged to be in Jacksonville when Joe Milton was president of the bar. His leadership was outstanding,” wrote Supreme Court Justice Major B. Harding. “He has continued to serve the local bar and the state Bar with distinction, particularly in the area of developing professionalism.”The Jacksonville Bar Association credits him, along with Chief Judge Donald R. Moran, Jr., for the development and implementation of a professionalism and mentoring plan for the lawyers in the Fourth Judicial Circuit that received statewide recognition from The Florida Bar.One aspect of the program entertains complaints against attorneys that do not rise to the level of an ethical violation, but at the same time do not meet the level of expected professionalism. Guidelines for professional conduct are clearly outlined and distributed under administrative order to all attorneys practicing in the Fourth Judicial Circuit.A graduate of the University of Florida for both his undergraduate studies and law degree, Milton is board certified in civil trial and admiralty and maritime law with the law firm of Milton, Leach, D’Andrea and Ritter.James F. Moseley, a member of the Board of Governors of the Jacksonville Bar Association, submitted the nomination on behalf of the association. Moseley said Milton was honored last year as Florida Trial Lawyer of the Year by the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 1999, he was selected Jacksonville Lawyer of the Year.Judge Donald Moran stated, “Joe has truly attained prominence, not only as an outstanding attorney, but as an outstanding citizen of our community.”Nominations for the annual award are solicited in the fall from all voluntary bar associations. The nominees are reviewed and selected by the officers of the Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents.